New Delhi: Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik on Wednesday denied reports of his return to India, terming them baseless and false. Zakir, who has been staying abroad to evade arrest in various cases in India, said he has no plans to come back to his home country until he feels safe from unfair prosecution.
“The news of my coming to India is totally baseless and false. I have no plans to come to India till I don’t feel safe from unfair prosecution. Insha Allah when I feel that the government will be just and fair, I will surely return to my homeland,” the religious preacher was quoted as saying.
Earlier today, several reports claimed that Zakir was deported to India from Malaysia. However, the reports have been turned down by National Investigation Agency (NIA) spokesperson Alok Mittal too. “We have no such information as of now. We are verifying it,” Mittal said.
Zakir Naik’s statement comes after media reports claim his possible return to the country quoting Malaysian government sources.
Naik is facing various cases, including for hate speech and money laundering, in India and has been staying abroad to evade arrest. Though he faces a ban in the UK, he has been given permanent residency in Malaysia and has been embraced by top government officials. The Islamic preacher left India in 2016 and since then has been staying in Malaysia’s Putrajaya.